Jewellery professionals jump at opportunity to learn valuation skills

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has reported high demand for its first valuation tutorial.

The three-day Practical Appraisal Tutorial was officially launched at the Company of Master Jeweller’s spring buying event, with jewellers keen to sign staff up to learn the art of valuating jewellery.

The course is open to any member with a minimum of three years trade experience, and aims to increase knowledge of valuations and teach members practical techniques.

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Participants are taught how to write a valuation using the correct layout and presentation, how to properly describe an item, formulae for assessing diamond and gemstone weights and other practical techniques, to assess the four ‘C’s, identifying treated diamonds, pricing information for valuing diamonds, assess and identify the method of manufacture and hallmarks, learn precious metal testing techniques and how to arrive at a value and pricing information on coloured gemstones and pearls.

Led by expert gemmologist and fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers, David Bryne, students learn alongside a maximum of 12 individuals. Plus, candidates receive a folder full of course content and useful reference documents that can be used to inform future valuations and go towards building a valuation portfolio.

Heather Callaway, education chair for the NAJ, shares: “The workshops shall be designed to assist the aspiring valuer and other jewellery professionals. Expanding on their existing knowledge and offering support to encourage their professional and continual development as a national association.

“These practical workshops shall be suitable and be of benefit for individuals who do already have jewellery trade experience and knowledge. The workshops shall be marketed as a three-day package, comprised of two consecutive days and one individual day which shall be later in the month to the consecutive two days.”

The Practical Appraisal Masterclass costs £850 in total. There is a 10% discount for NAJ members and a 15% discount for CAT students and NAJ members belonging to the CMJ.

Just a few places remain for the first tutorial taking place in London June 6, June 7 and June 21.

The next course will take place in October.

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